Tuesday 6 December 2016

Explosion partially destroys Paris apartment building

Geraldine Gittens

Published 01/04/2016 | 12:50

Smoke erupts from an apartment building following an explosion that occured in rue de Berite on April 1, 2016. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Smoke erupts from an apartment building following an explosion that occured in rue de Berite on April 1, 2016. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Flames erupt from an apartment building following an explosion that occured in rue de Berite on April 1, 2016. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

An explosion has destroyed the top floors of an apartment building in Paris this afternoon.

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The explosion destroyed seven floors of the building on Rue Bérite in the sixth arrondissement at around 12.20pm today.

Five people have been injured, according to reports.

Plumes of smoke were rising from the building this afternoon, as firefighters attended the scene.

French media is reporting that the cause of the incident is believed to be a "domestic accident" brought on by a gas leak.

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